The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden | She and Hem | Devon

Whenever I get the opportunity, I love to spend a long weekend exploring areas of the UK that I’ve never visited. Even better, I like re-visiting places I travelled to as a child on a jolly family jaunt, seeing what has changed and what hasn’t. Although Devon is somewhere I’ve frequented many times before, I always love going back, as it holds very special memories and well, it’s just such a beautiful place. Whilst I was there visiting Bovey Castle recently, I found the most glorious country garden. It definitely wasn’t seedy!

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As luck (read: much planning) would have it, I was dressed in my finest florals. I bought this Zara dress for the Vogue Festival in March and think that it’s got some real staying power! I’m sure it’ll be a staple for several summers to come. I can also see it creeping into my winter wardrobe, perhaps frolicking with a cable knit jumper, thick tights and boots. As I was popping into Exeter to enjoy all it has to offer, I wore my trusty and super comfortable humble oak brogues from Clarks teamed with fun yellow New Look sunglasses, my Boden bag* and a tan belt from ASOSYou could perhaps say that my choice was outstanding in it’s field (I hope that one wasn’t funnier in my head!). 

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I hope you enjoyed weeding about my own secret garden party!


Hem and Away: The Orangery


On Friday evening, straight from work, myself and a group of friends drove the short distance from Bristol to Frampton-on-Severn in Gloucestershire to begin a weekend of lazy luxury at The Orangery. When I agreed to this trip a few months ago, I had no idea what sort of property we would be staying in. As a group, we like to go away once or twice a year to catch up and our criteria doesn’t tend to stretch much further than wine, beds and budget. This time last year saw us all pile in to a central London flat whilst our most recent effort was a wooden chalet in Woolacombe, which saw 8 of us sleeping in one room on triple bunk beds. It was then with a great deal of surprise that we arrived to such grandeur. We were most definitely not in Kanas anymore.

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